Former Brisbane playmaker Corey Norman says his return to Suncorp Stadium on Friday with Parramatta holds no fears.
Corey Norman isn’t surprised by Brisbane’s strong start to the season but the Parramatta playmaker says the new-look Eels should not fear going to Suncorp Stadium on Friday.
Norman’s failure to convince Broncos coach Anthony Griffin he should be the team’s five-eighth was the main factor in his decision to leave the club but he said he’s nothing to prove to his old team.
“I am looking forward to going back, it will be good to play in front of friends and family again,” Norman told AAP.
“I had a good time at the Broncos and the club will always hold a place in my heart. But I am a Parramatta player now and fully focused on helping the team improve.
“I don’t feel pressure to prove anything to anyone up there.”
Brisbane have won three of their first four games and would possess a 100 per cent record had it not been for a last-minute try that gave the Sydney Roosters a 30-26 victory in round three.
The Eels have shown real signs of progress under new coach Brad Arthur and are 2-2 for the year following Saturday’s comfortable win over Penrith.
Josh Hoffman and Ben Hunt have made an encouraging start as the Broncos new halves combination and Norman said he holds no animosity towards the club or Griffin for allowing him to leave.
“I have lots of friends at the club and never left on bad terms,” he said.
“I am not surprised that the Broncos have had such a good start to the season. They have some top players.
“Josh is a great fullback and he has done well since he moved to five-eighth and Benny Hunt is growing into the role with each game.
“It will be a tough game up there at Suncorp, but we are heading in the right direction here and had we held on for a minute longer against Manly we’d be 3-1 as well.”
Norman linked up well with Chris Sandow, who was recalled by Arthur for the Penrith win, and the 23-year-old is confident the pair can orchestrate more victories.
“Chrissy was great and was able to play his own game,” he said.
“Jarryd Hayne has been awesome for us this season as has Semi Redradra and Nathan Peats. I feel I am improving with each week but have more to show.
“But if we play the way we have in our last two games there’s no reason why we should fear the Broncos. They’re always hard to beat, but we feel confident.”